re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Definition of remove

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to change the location, position, station, or residence of remove soldiers to the front
b : to transfer (a legal proceeding) from one court to another
2 : to move by lifting, pushing aside, or taking away or off remove your hat
3 : to dismiss from office
4 : to get rid of : eliminate remove a tumor surgically

intransitive verb

1 : to change location, station, or residence removing from the city to the suburbs
2 : to go away
3 : to be capable of being removed



Definition of remove (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : removal specifically : move sense 2c
2a : a distance or interval separating one person or thing from another
b : a degree or stage of separation

Other Words from remove


removability \ ri-​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable or less commonly removeable \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removably \ ri-​ˈmü-​və-​blē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adverb
remover noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for remove

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of remove in a Sentence

Verb Remove the trash from the front yard. My tonsils were removed when I was five years old. Trees help to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. These new findings should remove any doubt about his innocence. What's a good way to remove stains from a silk dress? The new law would remove obstacles to obtaining a work permit. He was removed from office. Noun She thrives when she's at some remove from mainstream society. their farm is just a remove of two miles from the town center See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And so the first step to taking a decent nude is to remove anything that reminds us of the humdrum. Tom Rasmussen, Vogue, 18 May 2022 Such a line is vital to remove transportation barriers to opportunity and remedy years of inequities in our public transportation system. Baltimore Sun, 18 May 2022 The principle of face washing is to remove debris on the skin, exfoliate, minimize blemishes and, of course, clean the face. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 May 2022 Not yet decided is whether to remove the nets extending below the staircase railings. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 7 May 2022 The board voted 10-0 to remove the book from the curriculum, saying it should be replaced, if possible, with another book without content deemed objectionable. Cnn Staff, CNN, 6 May 2022 Recently, District 12 was redrawn to remove Williamsburg, where Maloney suffered losses against candidate Suraj Patel in the last primary, as well as parts of the Lower East Side. Anna Betts, ELLE, 28 Apr. 2022 That would be to remove Parag Agrawal as Twitter CEO. WSJ, 25 Apr. 2022 For kids with sleep apnea, the first line of treatment is to remove the tonsils and adenoids. Theresa Gaffney, STAT, 24 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The attempt to answer these questions put the Satmars in a paradoxical position: the path to an existence at a remove from American life necessitated a messy and prolonged engagement with American law. Gideon Lewis-kraus, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 On stage, Viva Las Vegas doesn’t keep herself at an emotional remove from her audience. oregonlive, 15 Feb. 2022 Many health care leaders work at a safe remove from blanket problems and might not realize why these seemingly small issues are profound and perilous for clinicians and patients. Jay Baruch, STAT, 8 Feb. 2022 Visitors may observe the host city only at a remove, through the windows of their hotel room or moving buses. Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2022 The framing can’t help but keep the citizens of the fictional Flatch, Ohio, at a bit of a remove — after all, the assumption is that the viewer is an outsider not just to Flatch but to small-town life itself. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 15 Mar. 2022 Experience in that kind of remove — comfort and discomfort, familiarity and foreignness — is travel in a nutshell. Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2022 The extensive work will not only replace the water main on both streets and replace lead water service lines with copper water service lines, but also separate the sanitary and storm sewers and the remove storm traps if found. John Benson, cleveland, 7 Mar. 2022 And yet there will always be a remove with Osaka, who can be painfully shy, a kind of wall that even people who have been close to her have struggled to break through. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of remove


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for remove


Middle English remeven, removen, from Anglo-French remuver, removeir, from Latin removēre, from re- + movēre to move

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21 May 2022

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More Definitions for remove


re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Kids Definition of remove

1 : to move by lifting or taking off or away Please remove your hat. I had my tonsils removed.
2 : to get rid of Bleach will remove the stain.
3 : to dismiss from a job or office


re·​move | \ ri-ˈmüv How to pronounce remove (audio) \
removed; removing

Legal Definition of remove

transitive verb

: to change the location, position, station, status, or residence of: as
a : to have (an action) transferred from one court to another and especially from a state court to a federal court — see also separable controversy

Note: Section 1441 et seq. of title 28 of the U.S. Code allows a defendant who is brought into a state court to remove the action to federal district court when diversity of citizenship exists, when the action involves a claim or right arising under the U.S. Constitution or under laws or treaties of the U.S., or when the defendant is a foreign country or its agency or instrumentality. Civil actions and criminal prosecutions brought against an officer or agency of the U.S. for any act under color of office may also be removed.

b : to dismiss from office an independent counsel…may be removed from office…only by the personal action of the Attorney GeneralU.S. Code
c : to take away should his incapacity be removed by a judgment of a courtLouisiana Civil Code

Other Words from remove

removability \ -​ˌmü-​və-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce remove (audio) \ noun
removable also removeable \ -​ˈmü-​və-​bəl How to pronounce remove (audio) \ adjective
removableness noun

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